Alec Johnson, PLA

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  • #152622
    Alec Johnson, PLA
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    Here are a bunch of introductory tutorials that will get you up and running.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHr1vSo28sxDB9Wsj7VR9iXqcu9fZgwwP

    Beyond that, trial and error, and the McNeel Forum is here…http://discourse.mcneel.com

    Learning how to use the Grasshopper plug-in for parametric modeling might be the next step.

    Good luck!

    #153596
    Alec Johnson, PLA
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    We were told that if we updated within three versions of our current version, we would only pay upgrade price. Beyond three versions, we would pay full software price. Therefore, for AutoCAD and all of our Adobe products we upgrade every 2 versions. I would ask your vendor to be sure.

    #154016
    Alec Johnson, PLA
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    I understand your point, but fail to see how it applies. 

    All tools have limitations.

    Claiming the iPad is “useless for note taking or accurate sketching as the stylii tend to be as blunt and broad as a finger tip.” is an inaccurate generalization. This was my point.

    Off the point…really like the home page image on your website.

    #154018
    Alec Johnson, PLA
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    My son did this with an iPad and his finger. No stylus.

    #186388
    Alec Johnson, PLA
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    This is so rad Mark. Was fooled until I saw the construction photos! ­čÖé

    #154173
    Alec Johnson, PLA
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    I hear you Robert and Jason, but I stand by my statement. 

    You are right – it may not be easy to get a job in an LA firm with 8+ years experience, but I believe if you shine brighter than other applicants, you can overcome that.

    Win, place, or just enter a design competition or two. Design a new innovative site furnishing prototype and develop cut-sheets for it. Research, write, and submit a white paper to ASLA, APA or AIA on Best Management Practices for day lighting abandoned street car lines in re-emerging neighborhoods. Whatever.

    Anything that you can include in your body of work (CV, portfolio) that will make you stand out in the eyes of an employer. Lets face it – most of us possess roughly the same set of design skills. Some may be better at sketching, some at technical details, some better with digital 3D modeling or public speaking. Many firms are looking for people that are passionate and curious learners above and beyond the basic skills we all should have developed after 5 years of school and 8 years of practice.

    I am not trying minimize your accomplishments or struggles, just offering an alternate viewpoint.

    #154176
    Alec Johnson, PLA
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    If you’re good – you can get a job at any age. Fact.

    #155088
    Alec Johnson, PLA
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    I have a PC at my regular gig but prefer a MacBook Pro for my consulting work, which I do out of my home and a co-working space. I use AutoCad for Mac and Sketchup Pro for drafting and modeling. Artlantis and Phtotshop for 3D renderings. My MacBook has been able to handle all this and I can transfer drawings back and forth from PC with no issues. I have Revit installed on the Mac as well using Parallels on Windows 7. Use this occasionally for working with others models. 

    Here’s the specs…

    Processor  2.6 GHz Intel Core i7

    Memory  8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3

    Graphics  NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1024 MB

    #155515
    Alec Johnson, PLA
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    SPAM?

    #157229
    Alec Johnson, PLA
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    Sure. Send to ajamesjohnson(at)gmail.com

    #163421
    Alec Johnson, PLA
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    Well said.

    #164726
    Alec Johnson, PLA
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    NIce work! Best of luck.

    #166333
    Alec Johnson, PLA
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    Chad- I spent a couple hours last night working from home on a project drawing in AutoCad for Mac. I imported a dwg I had been working on with my work PC with no difficulty. All layers, rasters and xrefs accounted for.

    The Mac interface takes a bit of getting used to, but if you can work in Cad for PC, you can work just as easily and quickly in Cad for Mac.  All the same tools, right-click functions, command line, etc. are present and exactly how you expect.

    I will transfer the saved Mac drawing back to the PC tomorrow and let you know how it goes.

     

    PS I like your profile picture. Is that from when you hosted that fishing show on public access? Bass Busters, right?

    #169331
    Alec Johnson, PLA
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    No need to apologize Trace. I enjoy a lively discussion. There are no easy answers to complex questions.

    #169333
    Alec Johnson, PLA
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    Word.

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